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About the Article 5 Convention and the US Constitution

By Bill Walker  Posted by erik larson (about the submitter)       (Page 6 of 8 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page. (View How Many People Read This)   2 comments
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Because of this, Mr. Hirschhorn has been advocating for a convention call. He realizes a convention must be called for the most fundamental of reasons: to preserve the Constitution. 


The fact you appear to oppose an Article V Convention surprises me as the text of the Constitution, as I have already indicated, is peremptory in this matter and thus, to oppose the calling of a convention when the states have satisfied the single constitutional requirement of two-thirds of the applying state legislatures, is tad-amount to opposing the Constitution itself. I know an honorable, a man of integrity, a true patriot such as you would never do that. He would as soon die first than do anything to harm his nation. 


Such an act, I am sure you agree, would be a supreme violation of patriotism. There are two kinds of patriots—those committed to obedience and total support of our Constitution, its text and the obvious meaning of that text—committed such that they view any issue regarding the Constitution as a problem to be solved so that the Constitution remains supreme, that the text is fulfilled and not thwarted and is not submissive to such things as fear, ignorance or convenient politics. It requires no effort whatsoever sir, as I am sure you will agree, to support those provisions of the Constitution of which you happen to personally agree; the true test of any American patriot is supporting with equal fervently those provisions of the Constitution of which you totally disagree. 


There is always the sunshine patriot among sir who only supports those provisions of the Constitution as may be convenient or palatable. The true patriot finds solutions to constitutional issues; the sunshine patriot only discovers problems. I do not at all intend a characterization of your patriotism sir, only instead to pose a challenge to you to discover within yourself how committed you are to it. An honorable man of integrity will do no less. 


I do not count yourself among the sunshine patriots because you have never been offer the opportunity, so far as I know, to solve the concerns you have expressed of an article V convention. Until now. 


Like you, I am a concerned American. I am concerned as to how this nation is proceeding and in what direction. Like you, I'm sure you will agree it is not proceeding in a direction in line with the language and text of the Constitution. Like you, I want, as an American, to see that it does. 


But the question is how is this to be accomplished? What do we, as Americans, do with a government that is refusing to obey the Constitution and, regardless of who is elected by us to the offices of power, seems unable or more likely unwilling to change or correct the issues we are discussing? I know you agree with me on this point as you mentioned it in your letter. 


The issues are systematic and the reality is they can only be solved by Americans coming together and solving them in a systematic manner, not by bickering amongst themselves but by extending hands to one another in friendship and a trust built on the fact that while they may not agree politically on every issue, they do agree on the fact this nation is more than any one individual or individuals. 


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